Buster Murdaugh, son of Alex Murdaugh, speaks out about the “vicious rumours” surrounding Stephen Smith’s demise.
Buster Murdaugh, the surviving son of Alex Murdaugh, has spoken out in response to “vicious rumours” surrounding the puzzling 2015 passing of 19-year-old Stephen Smith.
Buster, 26, denied any participation in Smith’s murder in a statement on Monday as Smith’s family held a news conference to announce preparations to exhume his body and have an independent autopsy done.
“While I mourn the horrible killings of my mother and brother, I have done my best to disregard the vile rumours still being broadcast in the media regarding my participation in Stephen Smith’s untimely death. In a statement read aloud by his lawyer Jim Griffin, Buster expressed his love and loss for his family.
I’ve been quiet until now due to my desire to deal with their murders and my father’s jail in solitude. “The media and fans of this tale have targeted and tormented me before, during, and after my father’s trial.
It’s been going on for way too long. These unfounded claims that I had anything to do with Stephen’s demise are untrue.
“I categorically reject any responsibility for his passing, and my thoughts are with the Smith family. I demand the media stop immediately spreading these false statements and rumours against me.
In an interview with NewsNation, Mr Griffin, his attorney, also addressed the “vile facts” concerning Buster.
He declared on Monday that “there is a substantial quantity of filthy information…absolutely libellous stuff associating Buster to Stephen Smith’s death.”
It’s time for this story to end because “he is completely tormented and it keeps hindering the progress of his life.”
Buster Murdaugh, who also experiences similar levels of anguish as Ms Smith, is the only person who can truly understand and share Ms Smith’s right to such answers, he continued. While losing a child is undoubtedly the greatest form of sadness, I can assure you that losing your mother and a brother to a terrible murder is also likely the greatest form of grief.
Buster Murdaugh is attempting to go on and lead a life in peace without having to explain himself, so he says this has nothing to do with Ms Smith.
Buster & his partner Brooklynn White reportedly filed many police reports alleging that they have been stalked and harassed by the media since his father was found guilty of a high-profile murder.
The oldest and currently last surviving son of Maggie and Alex Murdaugh, Buster, supported his father throughout his trial for the horrible dual murders of his mother and brother Paul by attending every day’s court sessions with his family.
Buster also provided testimony in support of his father, claiming that Murdaugh had been “devastated” and “heartbroken” following the passing of his mother and brother.
Yet once Murdaugh was found guilty of the double homicides, attention shifted to Buster.
A bystander yelled, “Buster is next” for “justice” as his father was being carried from the courtroom after being given a life sentence, perhaps referring to the Smith case.
About 15 miles from the Murdaugh’s Moselle home, where Maggie and Paul were killed six years later, Smith, a 19-year-old openly gay kid and nursing student, was discovered dead in a roadway in Hampton County, South Carolina, in the wee morning of July 8, 2015.
Smith’s car was discovered about three miles from his body, and he had suffered a blunt-force injury to the head.
His death was first classified as a hit-and-run, a classification that his mother, the original case’s investigators, and residents have long contested.
Smith’s family thinks that the absence of vehicle debris, skid tracks, and loosely tied shoes was still on his feet, refuting the theory that a moving vehicle struck and killed him.
According to police reports, Smith had several injuries incompatible with being hit by a car.
Smith’s mother has been convinced that the 19-year-old was a murder victim for almost eight years.